In the months leading up to the 2022 nfl draft, players are evaluated solely on their talent because there is no telling where or with whom they will land. With the draft wrapped up, it’s time to dive into some of those situations rookie wide receivers will find themselves in this season. Below is a list of 10 wide receivers ranked by value and the opportunity that awaits them in the NFL:
- 1 1. skyy moore, kansas city chiefs
- 2 2. treylon burks, tennessee titans
- 3 3. jameson williams, detroit lions
- 4 4. garrett wilson, new york jets
- 5 5. jalen tolbert, dallas cowboys
- 6 6. drake london, atlanta falcons
- 7 7. george pickens, pittsburgh steelers
- 8 8. christian watson, green bay packers
- 9 9. jahan dotson, washington commanders
- 10 10. khalil shakir, buffalo bills
1. skyy moore, kansas city chiefs
round 2, no. 54 total | college: western michigan
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There are few situations in which a rookie wide receiver could cope better than the one presented to Moore. catching passes from patrick mahomes is a luxury. It’s easy to trust the Western Michigan product to put up numbers for that team. he is a fantastic trail runner. once he forms a relationship with mahomes, the connection could be dangerous for opponents.
2. treylon burks, tennessee titans
round 1, no. 18 in total | college: arkansas
The selection of malik willis adds pressure for ryan tannehill to succeed this season, so in theory he will be eager to help the team prove that trading a.j. brown and drafting burks was the right decision. Burks was compared favorably to Brown during the pre-draft process, and while he may not be from Day 1, Burks should still get ample opportunities in that offense.
3. jameson williams, detroit lions
round 1, no. 12 overall | college: alabama
detroit would get more flak for the decision to trade and draft williams if they were to deliver a traditional course. By historical standards, the Lions didn’t have to overpay for the right to move up and select the Alabama catcher. williams, along with last year’s budding rookie amon-ra st. brown, gives jared goff solid leads to accompany t.j. hockenson and d’andre swift.
4. garrett wilson, new york jets
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round 1, no. 10 overall | college: ohio state
wilson was the highest rated receiver, so to put him at no. 10 overall it was a good value for nyc. There’s an argument that USC’s Drake London would have been a better fit, but he was off the board. Sophomore quarterback Zach Wilson now has Elijah Moore, Corey Davis and Wilson in the passing game with Michael Carter II and Breece Hall taking pressure off him with the running game.
5. jalen tolbert, dallas cowboys
round 3, no. 88 total | college: south alabama
During a team needs cowboys preview on the pick six podcast, i mentioned tolbert as a bigger target who could come in and replace some of the lost production in the amari cooper trade. Dallas had the same idea of bringing in the former Jaguar to complement Ceedee Lamb and Michael Gallup. With an improved offensive line and the hopeful return of a healthy offensive unit, the NFC East franchise should be able to get back on track offensively.
6. drake london, atlanta falcons
round 1, no. 8 overall | college: southern california
atlanta is building a front row volleyball team with kyle pitts and now london. The quarterback situation with Marcus Mariota and potentially Desmond Ridder at some point this season is not ideal. his placement on this list takes a bit of a hit for that reason. however, the presence of pits and london presents a unique challenge to opposing defenses. during the evaluation process, it is commonly said that a larger safety, smaller linebacker can be a ‘draft tight end’. The Falcons now have two players who will challenge teams at the capture point.
7. george pickens, pittsburgh steelers
round 2, no. 52 in total | university: georgia
It’s too early to say that mitchell trubisky or kenny pickett can be productive in this offense, but pickens is entering an organization that has historically done well drafting and developing wide receivers. The Steelers already have Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson, so Pickens doesn’t have the same expectations that are often placed on a first-round wide receiver. You should be given the opportunity to develop at your own pace. If he reaches his potential, Pittsburgh could walk away with the best wide receiver drafted in this class.
8. christian watson, green bay packers
round 2, no. 34 in total | college: north dakota state
watson is here for aaron rodgers. Although he’s probably nearing the end of his career, Rodgers is still one of the best quarterbacks in the game and should be able to make Watson look good. the north dakota state prospect was taken about a round before I evaluated his talent, but you can’t show his combination of size and speed. Rather than being a replacement for Davante Adams, Watson is more likely to play a supporting role early in his career.
9. jahan dotson, washington commanders
round 1, no. 16 in all | college: penn state
dotson is a good player with strong hands capable of winning all three levels of the course. he was brought in earlier than expected due to the race at the position. Washington, however, has a solid offensive line for Carson Goz to spread the ball around. the speed of terry mclaurin, curtis samuel and dotson should disperse the opposition.
10. khalil shakir, buffalo bills
round 5, no. 148 overall | college: ohio state
Shakir was considered one of the top 100 prospects with the ability to be used or on the offensive line. Like Watson above, Shakir benefits from landing Josh Allen in Buffalo. they have several outlets with stefon diggs, gabe davis, and jamison crowder, but the boise state product represents good value for money.
considering the value and what new orleans had to negotiate to make the selection of chris olave possible, i couldn’t include him on this list. Outside of the quarterback position, it would be nearly impossible for any prospect to live up to the capital draft handed out by the Saints.